By taking a German language course with Sprachcaffe in Germany, you will be able to handle the official language used in Germany and Austria and one of the four official languages of Switzerland.
- German is the most widely spoken language throughout Europe as a native language with around 110 million Europeans speaking it. You will find many native speakers even in Germany's neighbouring countries such as the Benelux states, Italy, France, Liechtenstein, and Denmark and in Eastern European countries such as Slovenia, Slovakia, Rumania, Hungary, Poland, Russia and the Czech Republic.
- Within the European Union, German is the second most widely used language (as a first or second language), being spoken by 32% of Europeans: 24% use it as their native tongue while the other 8% speak German as a foreign language.
- Modern German belongs to a group of Germanic languages (which includes the Scandinavian languages, Dutch, Flemish and English) descending from a common ancestor which in turn belongs to the family of Indo-European languages.
- Semi-intensive German comes from the Saxon dialect, used by Martin Luther to translate the Bible in the early 16th Century. This leader of the Reform chose to use this dialect as he himself came from the Saxony region and because Saxon combined elements of the dialects spoken in all the Germanic speaking regions. Later this would be the language that writers such as Goethe and Schiller; great thinkers such as Kant and Nietzsche; and musicians such as Mozart, Beethoven and Bach would use to express themselves in.